Circle Craft Co-operative is pleased to present “Christmas Market Preview,” October 5 – 31, 2012, in their gallery in Net Loft on Granville Island. “Christmas Market Preview” is a preview gallery exhibition by artists exhibiting at the annual Circle Craft Christmas Market in the new West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, November 7 - 11, 2012. Artists in the Preview exhibition are: Andrea denElzen, Shima Itabashi, Kasumi Lampitoc, Lawrence Scow, and Nadia Tasci.
Andrea denElzen (Burnt Sienna Jewellery)
Andrea denElzen is a goldsmith and designer formally trained at Georgian College, graduating with many awards for her unique designs and high quality of work. Upon completion of her studies, Andrea found herself out west, apprenticing under three different European jewellers, enabling her to further fine tune her skills. In October 2004, Andrea moved back to Ontario to start her own business. In 2012, Andrea decided the mountains were her true home; currently she is settling into Nelson BC where she continues to design beautiful custom engagement and wedding rings, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind jewellery. Taking inspiration from the vast world of technology, with its geometric shapes and bold colours, she uses these concepts and adds hints of organic soft lines to create a warm and unique balance. The results are bold stunning designs that wear beautifully and comfortably. Andrea originates exceptional pieces of jewellery using gold, platinum, and silver, along with diamonds, precious gemstones, and alternative materials. She has been creating exquisite pieces of jewellery for the past 14 years. For more info: www.burntsiennajewellery.com
Shima Itabashi (Him Creations) (felted “creatures”)
Shima was born and raised in Japan in a creative family where she learned basic domestic skills and crafts from her mother and father, as well as at school. She came to Canada in 2003, began making creatures from clay in 2007, later shifting to wool. She began selling her unique hand-made creations in 2008 from a table she shared with friends. Since then, Shima has continued to expand her range of creatures and creations. Her creatures are made using a needle felting technique, which requires a lot of time, a steady hand, and patience. All the creatures are original designs and sometimes are inspired after they first show up in dreams. For more info: www.himcreations.com
Kasumi Lampitoc (ceramics)
Kasumi has been making mainly functional pottery full-time since graduating from Sheridan College Craft & Design in Oakville, Ontario in 1999. Since then, her works are represented in various galleries in Quebec, Ontario, BC, and the United States. Her motivations are from nature, simple shapes, and forms. Subtle lines or accents are enough to finish the piece. When she views her finished works, they seem to take on lives of their own. “Separate from myself, I'm reduced to just an observer,” she says. Kasumi’s pottery studio is based on Galiano Island, BC. For more info: www.kasumipottery.com
Lawrence Scow (carvings)
Scow is from the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation and has been carving for more than 30 years. Originally from Bella Bella, BC, Lawrence now resides in Fort Rupert located on the tip of Northern Vancouver Island. His main focus is working with red and yellow cedar to produce totem poles, wall plaques, paddles, and bowls. Scow creates custom work upon request. For a YouTube experience of Scow’s work, visit: http://tinyurl.com/8flpy7o
Nadia Tasci (Tasci handmade glass jewellery)
Nadia Tasci is a recognized Toronto glass flame artist. Her glass work includes fine jewellery, beads, and miniature paperweights. She has been working in the mediums of glass for over 10 years. Nadia studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and Sheridan College, as a Visual Arts and Craft / Design student. She was awarded a travel scholarship from the Ontario Crafts Council to complete a jewellery program at Sterling Quest Design School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has also studied with a variety of internationally recognized glass flame artists.
She says, “I am inspired by the interactions between colour, form and patterns in my glass flamework, that result in boldly colourful statement pieces. I have travelled extensively and draw inspiration from the antiquity in art, surviving from the past. From Venetian, Islamic, Latin American and East Indian art motifs, I relate to the geometry of pattern and enjoy bringing these relic designs into contemporary glass jewellery and other flameworked glass objects.”
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